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Volvo 360c plans to fight short-haul flights with autonomous cars

Volvo’s new 360c concept car is far more than just a vehicle. It is an attempt to create a service and supporting architecture to compete with short-haul flights, exploiting the long waits and standing around that is so common in air travel to provide a smoother alternative via autonomous cars. To some extent, this is Volvo exploring the feasibility of new business models, if it finds itself losing in its core business of selling people cars. With this model, it could shift towards being a transport provider, instead of purely a vehicle provider. This ties in with Riot’s view on Vehicles-as-a-Service, where Volvo would essentially be selling rides or trips, provided by an optimized fleet of its own vehicles, rather…

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